something that enters as an element into a mixture: Flour, eggs, and sugar are the main ingredients in the cake.
a constituent element of anything; component: the ingredients of political success.

Origin of ingredient

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin ingredient- (stem of ingrediēns), present participle of ingredī to go or step into, commence, equivalent to in- in-2 + -gredient- going; see gradient

Synonyms for ingredient

1. See element.

Antonyms for ingredient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ingredient

Contemporary Examples of ingredient

Historical Examples of ingredient

  • In the case of doughnuts, this material is supplied as an ingredient.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • It was none of these; though perhaps each entered into it as an ingredient.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • While also it may be perceived that the author has brought into his story an ingredient of rhetoric.

  • This pretty story did not mitigate the notoriety which was an ingredient of her pain.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for ingredient



a component of a mixture, compound, etc, esp in cooking

Word Origin for ingredient

C15: from Latin ingrediēns going into, from ingredī to enter; see ingress
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Word Origin and History for ingredient

early 15c., from Latin ingredientem (nominative ingrediens) "that which enters into" (a compound, recipe, etc.), present participle of ingredi "go in, enter," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + gradi "to step, go" (see grade).

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